jwoodwrites
jwoodwrites
Jessica's Books and Writing
I'm Jessica, an author, Finnish language student, and obsessive reader. My current WIP is the Tales From Undersea series. linktr.ee/jwoodauthor
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jwoodwrites · an hour ago
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When I was in school, one of my art teachers used to say “this world needs more creators. There’s more than enough destroyers in the world today.”
Just a reminder, if you create anything–art, writing, food, machines, ideas, equations, knits, tools, gardens–the world needs you.
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jwoodwrites · 5 hours ago
I feel like book piracy has become so normalized now and its honestly so ugly and disappointing. Like I totally understand that some people in other countries have straight up no library access but for people in the US/UK?? saying that pubs are their 'free trial' without even trying to use a library??? I truly think younger readers using them don't realize how badly it could fuck an author over
i think book piracy comes down to people not understanding the differences between the film industry and the book industry. i don’t fully understand the film industry bc it’s not my focus, but i do know that pirating movies or shows is not going to directly impact the actors and/or the little people behind the movie or show. (if someone wants to elaborate on how, please do! i’m not really sure.)
however, pirating books is going to directly impact authors, not publishers or CEOs or any other bigwigs. an author is paid thus: they sign a contract for a certain amount of money, say, $100,000 for a two-book deal. that means that each book will be (technically) worth $50,000. depending on the contract, a check will be written for $25,000 upon the author turning in the version of the manuscript that the editor bought. that check will go to the author’s agent, who will take their 15% commission, which will be $3,750. then, the agent will send the remaining $21,250 to the author, minus taxes. with that same scenario, a check with the remaining $25,000 will be written upon the author turning in the final copy of the manuscript, aka the version that will go to the printer, and the process repeats (the check is sent to the agent, the agent takes their 15%, the author gets the remaining $21,250, minus taxes). 
that’s not where this story ends, though: in every contract is a thorough section detailing royalties, aka how much the author will receive per sale of a copy of their book in the book’s entire lifespan. if an agent is good, this will be one of their most important areas they focus on during negotiations. it’s imperative that people know that royalties can make or break an author’s career. it’s better to have larger royalties than a larger advance, bc an advance is only once, whereas royalties will continue as long as the book continues to sell (hardcover, paperback, audiobook, ebook, etc). the higher the author’s advance, the more pressure there is for the author to break even, aka for the author to make back the $50,000 spent on that first book. in a worst case scenario, if an author doesn’t earn back their advance (a big turn of phrase in publishing), they could have book 2 canceled, or they could possibly never be able to sell another book to a publisher again due to a poor sales record. in that case, it’s likely the author will have to re-debut under a pen name so the publisher backing them can treat them like a debut author. or, you’ll see an author’s first printings tank between book 1 and 2 or book 2 and 3 etc etc. for instance, Enchantee by Gita Trelease had a first hardcover printing of 175,000 copies (which is big for a debut!), while book 2 of that series, Everything That Burns, has a first hardcover printing of 75,000 copies. now, i can’t see the sales numbers, but it seems likely a lack of sales is the culprit here. 
so when people say that pirating books will directly influence whether or not your favorite author gets to publish more books, they really mean it. it won’t affect the publisher (who has massive protections in place) nearly as much as it will affect the author (who doesn’t have those same protections), and it could mean that your favorite author never gets to finish that series you love or can never publish another book again. in conclusion, don’t pirate books, kids. 
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jwoodwrites · 9 hours ago
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sometimes i go feral thinking about how in a decade my bookshelves could be filled with your wips. these projects i’ve followed from the start, all the 3am shitposts, gut wrenching excerpts, all of it. i could be holding that shit in my hands in a few years. damn
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jwoodwrites · 17 hours ago
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Sounds like how I'd write a dictionary.
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jwoodwrites · 18 hours ago
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“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”
— W. H. Auden
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jwoodwrites · 21 hours ago
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jwoodwrites · a day ago
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jwoodwrites · a day ago
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What do you call a writer who has never had anything published?
A writer. Don’t forget that.
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jwoodwrites · a day ago
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writing seems so easy until you start writing
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jwoodwrites · a day ago
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so are there ppl in real life who dont spent all their spare time just thinking about silly little fictional stories… what do u do when ur listening to music? do u not make amvs in ur head? do u just listen
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jwoodwrites · a day ago
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The worst part about writing fantasy is being keenly aware that you’re writing fantasy, which means that you always have to straddle a thin three-way line between anachronism, cliche, and clunk.
Take money, for example. You can’t just have people in a fictional fantasy world walk around using Euros. You consider something generic, like ‘silver coins,’ but before you know it your world starts sounding like a shitty ren faire.
So you think about the world you’ve built and its needs and its history to come up with some unique and relevant terms. But if your terms are too unique and relevant you wind up writing “yarr, you’ll be ransomed for a hundred Trade League Silver Gyrblonks” and realize your worldbuilding is now getting in the way of basic readability.
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jwoodwrites · 2 days ago
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A lit of people think that worldbuilding exists solely to make epic, sweeping fantasy worlds to quest across, but it can create smaller, softer, mundane worlds to inhabit too.
You can worldbuild a small village. You can worldbuild a bookshop. You can worldbuild a jail cell, or a wishing well, or a single-parent household.
Not every story wants a grand scope.
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jwoodwrites · 2 days ago
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i cannot emphasize enough…. if you have an idea and dont htink youre talented enough for it yes you are and when you make it it is going to be sooooo good. and you dont dont have to save these ideas for when you “get better” because you will have more ideas then that have grown from your experience and they are also going to be soooooooooooo good!!!!
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jwoodwrites · 2 days ago
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Live footage of my writing process:
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jwoodwrites · 2 days ago
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Writing is when you make up a guy and put him in situations
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jwoodwrites · 2 days ago
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when you’re daydreaming and your mind generates a completely random scene that doesn’t have anything to do with your story, but the scene in question fits really well with both the plot and the characters in your wip
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jwoodwrites · 3 days ago
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do you ever just write a single, beautiful line and feel really proud of yourself. then you look five paragraphs down, and there’s a sentence like, “I walked and my legs were walking” and wonder what in the goddamn heck happened
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jwoodwrites · 3 days ago
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i swear to god dude if you don’t stop being so funny and intimidating i’ll fucking hold your hand and tell you i love you and maybe even give you a kiss
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jwoodwrites · 3 days ago
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If your writing put a smile on your face, it has value. If your writing put tears in your eyes, it has value. If your writing made you feel, it has value. If your writing made you think, it has value. It does not take others telling you your writing has value for it to hold value, it simply has to have value to you.
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jwoodwrites · 3 days ago
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Kun väki vähenee niin pidot paranee.
Literally: When there’s less people, the party gets better. Meaning: Said when someone has left a party, a meeting etc.
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